Cuba Marks World Health Day with Great Achievements

He thus urged all to join WHO to ensure every, everywhere, gets the health services they need.

In Cuba the national celebration oin World Health Day was held in Sancti Spiritus. This World Health Day is centered in the importance of the universal coverage for all and the campaign tries to illustrate some of the benefits people get.

The Organisation will maintain a high-profile focus on UHC via a series of events through 2018, starting on World Health Day on 7 April with global and local conversations about ways to achieve health for all.

"Health for all "has therefore been the guiding vision of WHO for more than seven decades".

The Portuguese diplomat remembered that the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded upon the principle that health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.

Some countries have already made significant progress towards UHC.

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New WHO recommendations for earlier treatment, efforts to access cheaper generic medicines and innovative partnerships have produced vaccines against meningitis, Ebola and the world's first for malaria.

However, Guterres noted that people around the world still lack vital health services.

Jacqueline Weekers, Director of the Migration Health Division at IOM said, "Without migrants, including internally displaced people, universal health coverage would not be truly universal". Also this year, WHO made a call to world leaders to tackle their promises to meet the Objectives of Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, particularly the one of taking concrete measures to move forward in universal health coverage.

World Health Day will shine a spotlight on the need for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) - and the advantages it can bring.

"The main aim of carrying out this exercise is not just to encourage all citizens to live healthy lives but remind the Federal Government of its responsibility at ensuring availability of health services to all through the Universal Health Coverage".

  • Marjorie Miles